For consumers the increasingly widespread consumer-grade connected ("smart") devices; growing use of cloud-storage and globally still expanding use of Internet and mobile phones; mobile payment options will pose increasing risk of becoming a victim of cyber-attack. For companies and institutions of all kinds, matters regarding the protection of Intellectual Property (IP) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from cyber-breaches and -leaks will demand higher financial investment. With the discovery of Stuxnet, offensive and defensive cyber-capabilities have already become an acknowledged tool in military arsenals worldwide and are at the cusp of shifting the global landscape of military power. With the expanding yield of cyber-related activities, understanding the actors creating, manipulating, and distributing malicious code becomes a paramount task. In this chapter we report on the results of an exploration of black hat hacker forums on both the Internet and crypto-networks (in particular those accessed via the Tor-browser). We report on the structure, content, and standards of behavior within these forums. Throughout we highlight how these activity augment the activities of the black hat hackers who participate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCyber Deception
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding the Scientific Foundation
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783319326993
ISBN (Print)9783319326979
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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